House Bill No. 342

Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act eliminating the $10 per offense maximum fine limit that the board of regents may allow the president of each university unit to assess for an on-campus motor vehicle or parking violation; and amending section

20-25-312, MCA."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Section 20-25-312, MCA, is amended to read:

"20-25-312.   Motor vehicle regulation -- enforcement of regulations -- appeals. (1) The regents may authorize the president of each unit to:

(a)  assess fees for parking on campus, subject to the approval of the regents after the regents' consultation with the respective student governing body of the unit;

(b)  assess fines in accordance with a published schedule for violations of motor vehicle or parking regulations of each unit in an amount not to exceed $10 per offense;

(c)  order the removal of vehicles parked in violation of motor vehicle regulations of each unit at the expense of the violator;

(d)  establish a system of appeals at each unit concerning parking violations;

(e)  withhold the amount of any unpaid parking fine from any amount owing any student, employee, or faculty member, subject to the provisions of 17-4-105;

(f)  prohibit a student from registering if said the student has unpaid parking assessments or fines outstanding resulting from on-campus motor vehicle or parking violations within the previous year.

(2)  The proceeds from fines and fees collected shall must be remitted to the unit at which collections are made to be used for appropriate maintenance and construction of parking facilities and for traffic control."